Category Archives: Gospel

Death Might Be Your Santa Claus: Early Christmas Blues Jazz, Sermons & Gospel Recordings

By Gillian Atkinson A Christmas music playlist is a feature of modern life and we have 
thousands of festive tracks to choose from. It seems it is in our blood to enjoy music connected to a winter festival. We can … Continue reading

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Peter Guralnick Is ‘Looking To Get Lost’ In The Stories Of American Music Icons

In his decades-long career, Peter Guralnick has written about some of the biggest icons in American music. He wrote what may be the definitive books on Elvis Presley, as well as biographies of singer Sam Cooke and Sun Records founder … Continue reading

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Alabama Black Belt Blues – great new documentary film

 This is a new, one-hour documentary digs down deep into Alabama’s African American inspired blues tradition, one less well-known than its Mississippi counterpart, but equally rich. The film is produced and directed by Alabama filmmaker Robert Clem. It is … Continue reading

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Record Store Day 2020 – Shop Openings, Mail Order, What’s Available

For crate diggers used to queuing outside the UKs plethora of independent record stores searching for rare vinyl, CDs and other collectables on Record Store Day things will be different this year. The twice postponed Record Store Day 2020 will be … Continue reading

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The Passion Of Chris Strachwitz

Chris Strachwitz is a man possessed. “El Fanatico,” Ry Cooder calls him. A song catcher, dedicated to recording the traditional, regional, down home music of America, his adopted home after his family left Germany at the close of WWII. Mance … Continue reading

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Off The Record Presents Joe Bussard.

Off The Record makes the record-collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement! Owner of one of the finest collections of prewar blues, country and jazz records in the world, Joe Bussard has been one of … Continue reading

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The Day The Music Burned – The 2008 Universal Fire

A New York Times investigation has revealed that decades of Universal Music Group treasures burned in 2008. By Niraj Chokshi From The New York Times. June 12th 2019 Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of … Continue reading

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Interview With Charlie Gillett From 2008

 The late Charlie Gillett was a renowned broadcaster, journalist and author. He wrote the acclaimed and influential ‘Sound Of The City’ (“the first serious and comprehensive history of rock & roll”) and the story of Atlantic Records ‘Making Tracks’. … Continue reading

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Paramount’s Rise & Fall – Out in April

How did a chair manufacturer in rural Wisconsin come to dominate the new “race record” field in the 1920s? The fascinating story unfolds in this landmark study of Paramount records – the label that introduced Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, … Continue reading

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2018 Music: Gone But Not Forgotten

During 2018 we lost (among many others – too many to mention at present) the following artists and music industry people.  Barbara Alston: Member of – and one time lead vocalist of the great 1960s Phil Spector produced vocal group … Continue reading

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